World's Largest Pecan Art Exhibit in Denton

Over 300 nutty figurines make up the B.W. Crawford collection

By Megan Malone
|  Friday, Feb 24, 2012  |  Updated 4:58 PM CDT
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World's Largest Pecan Art Exhibit in Denton

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Denton's Courthouse on the Square Museum holds the largest pecan art exhibit in the world, "Pecan Art: The Folk Art of B.W. Crawford."

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Looking for something nutty to do in Denton?

Courthouse on the Square Museum is home to the largest pecan art exhibit in the world -- "Pecan Art: The Folk Art of B.W. Crawford."

The exhibit carries more than 300 pieces of pecan art created by the late Mr. Crawford, famously nicknamed "Pecan Picasso," featuring pop culture icons such as Elvis and Ms. Piggy to "nutty" versions of famous art pieces, like C.M. Coolidge's "Dogs Playing Poker."

Crawford's pecan-cracking business inspired his pecan art obsession. According to a November 1989 issue of Texas Monthly, Crawford spent hours in his workshop in Shady Shores, creating the art using a glue gun, wire, cardboard, cloth, and a toothpick to paint fine details.

After Crawford's death in 1999, his wife Mary donated the former pecan cracker's collection to the museum, which has had the collection on display since 2004.

The Denton museum is not the only place that Crawford's unique collection has been recognized -- the collection has been featured on "Live with Regis and Kelly" and "Late Night with David Letterman." Crawford's piece "The Last Supper" is on display on Ripley's Believe It or Not! in St. Augustine, Florida.

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

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